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Lord Carter has suggested that any surplus from the licence fee after the digital switchover should go towards Digital Britain.

The Communications Minister asserted that when the switchover scheme is completed in 2012, any money left over from the licence fee should be used to help fund the development of high-speed broadband, broadcastnow.co.uk reported.

Due to be released on June 16th, the Digital Britain report is expected to outline how the UK will obtain universal 2Mb broadband.

Speaking at Broadcast's Delivering Digital Britain conference ahead of the report's publication, Lord Carter said that the licence fee surplus will be a main source of financial support for the plan.

He said: "Our planning assumption is that there is a surplus and it will be a primary contributor to a universal service help scheme."

Lord Carter's interim report in January suggested that the BBC will have a big part to play in the take-up of broadband in the UK.

Earlier this week, research from Ofcom revealed that 70 per cent of the UK is now online, with a further five per cent of homes set to follow in the next six months.

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